Oct. 5, 2013
The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team opened up the 2013-14 season with a win over Arizona State University. The Gophers defeated the Sun Devils by a score of 197-94. The win marks the first for Minnesota for the year along with the first at home in the University Aquatic Center.
The meet was commemorated at the start as all eight seniors along with their families were honored prior to the competition.
Minnesota’s victories for the day began right off the back at the 200 medley relay team placed first overall. Contributors Tess Behrens, Kierra Smith, Rebecca Weiland, and Erin Caflisch combined to get a time of 1:41.95 that seized the win.
Behrens also added two individual wins for the day as she placed first in the 100 back with a time of 55.61 and in the 200 back with a time of 2:01.23.
Returner Kierra Smith triumphed for the sophomore class as she earned a pair of victories in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.71 and in the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.40.
Freshman Breanne Siwicki debuted her career as a Golden Gopher with a first-place finish in the 1000 free. She had a time of 10:08.89, almost four seconds ahead of the next swimmer.
Minnesota women’s divers were stand-out performers in the day as they took top finishes in the one-meter and three-meter dives. Margaret Keefer took second overall in the one-meter with a final score of 293.18. She fell behind Arizona State’s Morgan Weller, who scored a 295.88. In the three-meter, Keefer came back to take first in the event when she earned a score of 321.23. Minnesota’s Sarah McCrady landed herself in second place with a score of 320.85.
Minnesota begins Big Ten competition next Friday Oct. 11 as they host the University of Michigan Wolverines at the University Aquatics Center. Meet begins at 5:00 p.m.
Bacon, Siwicki Compete in National Events
The Gophers had representation and USA Diving and USA Swimming events over the weekend.
Purdy Named Head Coach at Youngstown State
The longtime Gophers assistant was on staff for five women's Big Ten Championship team victories.
Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Gophers sprinters have flourished under Louw's tutelage. He will take on additional roles this year.